Corporate social responsibility
We are proud to have achieved and use our ISO 14001:2015 award, it’s our contribution.
“ISO 14001:2015 specifies the requirements for an environmental management system that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance. ISO 14001:2015 is intended for use by an organization seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.”
We teamed up specifically with Harrogate water because of their ethos and shared practices for the environment. We loved the guaranteed contribution scheme on the Thirsty Plant range, while Harrogate Water brand allowed us to maintain the standards in our conferencing dear to us.
So the Tic Tac’s are a little quirky, but we like that – and while they want to save the planet by using them, Ferrero (who make the little minty fresh pills) share similar values to us, so we are happy to use them!
Brew Tea – Ethical Tea Partnership / Rain Forest Alliance
Not to be outdone the tea is pretty spectacular too – only this time depending on where the tea has come from depends on which accreditation it has, again we liked the values of Brew Tea Company.
“ETP has a narrow focus on the tea industry, so can target key issues affecting those who work within it. Includes education, fair wages for workers, working conditions and protection of dependents of those who work within tea growing communities.”
Our ETP certified blends so far: Earl Grey. More to come
“When it comes to the tea industry, RA certification means that we are buying from suppliers who control water pollution and waste, engage in sustainable farming practices to protect the local ecosystem from damage, and work towards safer working practices on farms.”
Our RA certified blends so far: English Breakfast, Green Tea, Jasmine Green.
Grumpy Mule – Fairtrade
Our coffee tastes great, Grumpy Mule makes it so and is Fairtrade and we use Fairtrade products in preference to others whenever we can. “Fairtrade is a simple way to make a difference to the lives of the people who grow the things we love. We do this by changing the way trade works through better prices, decent working conditions and a fair deal for farmers and workers in developing countries.”
The Granta Centre is proud to help our local schools' sporting endeavours, yes, we get a little exposure, but for the kids to have the proper kit and feel the part means much much more.
We also help out with the local 10K race and host events as a part of our community outreach to let others share our great facilities.
National Food Hygiene Rating Scheme
5 Star – that’s what South Cambridge Council rated our venue in the recent inspection in July 2017
“It’s not easy to judge hygiene standards on appearance alone, so the rating gives you an idea of what’s going on in the kitchen, or behind closed doors. You can check the ratings and use the information to switch to or choose a place with higher standards. It’s also good to share this information with friends and family.”
Sustainable Procurement – we pick and choose!
“The Granta Centre follows its parent companies Sustainable Procurement process. A process where organisation meet their needs for goods, services, works, and utilities in a way that achieves value for money not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, while minimising damage to the environment”
Sometimes it’s difficult to pick products that can tick the boxes of being environmentally aware – pens have so many parts they are hard to recycle. This is a good example of the Sustainable policy as we still pick our suppliers to ensure they have likeminded aspirations.
VIP gift are a local company to the Granta Centre and supply our conference pen in line with their and our feelings for the environment!